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A brilliant and Need Not ePUB #8608 bitingly funny collection of stories united around a single crumbling apartment building in UkraineA bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building along with its residents from municipal records So begins Reva's darkly hilarious Anthony Doerr intertwined narratives nine Good Citizens Epubstories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately followi. 1933 Ivansk Street doesn t exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegetable and at one point even a mummified saint Written with a wry tongue in cheek criticism of Soviet government and politics Reva s collection is both wholly bizarre and devastatingly authentic Reva s collection of stories begin in isolation with only the building connecting these characters living in Ukraine in the build up to and fall of the Soviet Union but as it progresses each story connects like tributaries to the Mississippi River creating a tour de force of storytelling that will carry you away

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Good Citizens Need Not Fear

Ng the fall of the Soviet Union But even as the benighted denizens of Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly powerless authorities they devise ingenious ways Citizens Need Not Kindle #208 to surviveIn Bone Music an agoraphobic recluse survives by selling contraband LPs mapping the vinyl grooves of illegal Western records into stolen X ray film A delusional secret service. This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual parts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all centers in and around a cast of colourful characters living in a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet era Ukraine The collection felt reminiscent of collections like Snow In May by Kseniya Melnik and Anthony Marra s The Tsar of Love and Techno However I did prefer the other two to this one Marra s collection had complexity nuance and depth in its characters and their circumstances while this read a little light hearted and forgettable Melnik s collection on the other hand was sweeping in its scope as it covers nearly a century under Soviet rule while this is insular and domestic in it s setting and storytelling There were also certain themes that repeated themselves in different stories making it a tad predictable Nonetheless I enjoyed this collection and found it entertaining whilst reading The writing is simple playful and laced with dark humour I found Bone Music Letter of Apology Lucky Toss and Roach Brooch particularly memorable in its outlandishness and in the authenticity of its characters It s one I d recommend on the whole but probably not one to rush and buy

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Agent in Letter of Apology becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to guard Lenin's tomb just as his parents not seen since he was a small child supposedly were Weaving the narratives together is the unforgettable chameleon like Zaya a cleft lipped orphan in Little Rabbit a beauty pageant crasher in Miss USSR a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs in Homecoming.. This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the difficult aspects of UkrainianRussian life with a thick coat of humor And it works This probably appeals to Russophiles like me but I found it incredibly satisfying to read


10 thoughts on “Good Citizens Need Not Fear

  1. says:

    I had high hopes for Good Citizens Need Not Fear a series of interconnected stories set in or near an apartment b

  2. says:

    I liked the idea of this book A bunch of people living in the same building in the USSR who have overlapping storylines It started off strong and had a bit of dark humor to it The other stories all ended flat I didn't walk away with any real

  3. says:

    1933 Ivansk Street doesn't exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegetable and at one point even a mummified saint Written with a wry tongue in cheek criticism of Soviet government and politics Reva's collection is both wholly bizarre and devastatingl

  4. says:

    Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collection of short stories set in and around a tenement b

  5. says:

    If you have any connection to an ex Soviet state these stories will likely bring up memories you've forgotten andor repressed at least they did for me The characters that inhabit Reva's town of Kirovka are sad determined fearful and delusional I found something that resonated with me in every part of this book I'd say the comparisons to both

  6. says:

    This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual parts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all centers in and around

  7. says:

    Read the stories in Part One 'Novostroïka' 'Little Rabbit' 'Letter of Apology' 'Bone Music' and 'Miss USSR' I liked them but I didn't feel gripped or moved and ran out of interest in continuing Crucially I didn't care for Zaya – 'Little Rabbit' and 'Miss USSR' my least favourites centre on her – and a scan of the rest of the stories confirms her character is a strong connecting threadReview copy via Ede

  8. says:

    I rarely write reviews but I feel as though I must for this one I loved that each story was somehow linked to the others and it made me feel as though there were little details that I may have missed which I will hopefully pick up on during a re read All of the stories were so charming with these less than perfect but so loveable characters T

  9. says:

    This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the difficult aspect

  10. says:

    For fans of the magical realism bordering on horror à la Carmen Maria Machado and the bittersweet absurdism of Etgar Keret and Gary Shteyngart The stories in this collection are linked but not in an obnoxious way and leave you truly wondering where each character ended up

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